Is your closet looking like a messy filing cabinet? This conversation has surfaced recently among friends, clients and colleagues. I asked Personal Organizer and Client of [C] photography & design, Lindsey Lichty to shed some light on the topic! Enjoy! - C
PERSONAL ORGANIZER , LINDSEY LICHTY
Step 1: Accept your mess.
It's OKAY that you've let your house go unorganized. . . until now. Forgive yourself! You have a busy life and other things have taken priority. Never be ashamed to ask for help. I can't tell you how many times clients have turned to me and said, "This is the worst you've seen, right?" Actually, I've probably seen worse, much worse. "The first step is always acceptance, and the second step is change."
Step 2: Take charge, vow to change, and have an end-goal in mind.
Most people don't like change. They keep their surroundings messy not because their house to be a wreck but because changing things up is overwhelming and maybe even frightening. Take a deep breath, gather some inspiration from sites like Pinterest, Real Simple, or Apartment Therapy, and then get to work!
Step 3: Give yourself 10 minutes.
Once a day, once a week, once a month. Whatever you can make time for. Block it out on your calendar. If you miss it, reschedule but make it as important as working out, spending time with your kids, online shopping, date night, your favorite reality TV show, or checking Facebook. Carve out 10 minutes and see where that takes you. You might end up losing track of time and finally organizing that stack of papers growing on the kitchen counter for months The next week you may clean out your refrigerator, and then the next week, it's your pantry, and on and on. Remember, even the smallest tasks can give you a feeling of refreshment. Which leads us into Step #4. I hope you're still with me.
Step 4: Start small.
Attack the first pile of paper or messy drawer that you see and try to stay focused on that single area. Complete the small task at hand and worry about the bigger picture later. If you feel completely overwhelmed, hire a professional (that's me!). A Professional Organizer can help you get started, create an action plan, and keep you on track. If you think you can start with your entire garage, good for you! But even in the garage, start small. My mantra is one thing at a time, and everything has a place.
Step 5: Keep going and celebrate milestones!
Your closet looks amazing! Step back and take it in. And then figure out the next room in your house that you want to conquer! The more you work at organizing, the more likely it will become part of your routine. It takes 21 days to form a new habit and everyone has to start at Day 1.
Step 6: Repeat Steps 1 through 5 above.
Lindsey Lichty is a Houston-based Professional Organizer. She helps her clients organize at home and at work, creating seamless, design-focused environments. She believes that less clutter ultimately means more peace of mind. She's been organizing for friends and family her whole life, and in 2013, she decided to parts ways with her career in Advertising/Marketing to pursue organizing full-time. Lindsey graduated from The University of Texas at Austin where she studied Business.When she's not organizing, Lindsey enjoys live music, art, film, exploring the Houston restaurant scene, traveling, spin class, and swimming. Receive your first hour of organizing FREE by mentioning this article! Facebook: Instagram: Email: LLOrganized@gmail.com